Monday, February 10, 2014

The Great White Hope



This is the guy lots of conservatives I know point to as the next great hope of the teabagging Republican Party. Because, you know, they don't see color: 
WASHINGTON -- Ben Carson, the retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and Fox News commentator, recently warned supporters of Oregon GOP Senate candidate Monica Wehby that progressives are turning the country into the next Nazi Germany.
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Carson said one of the main goals of progressives was to "fundamentally change who we are," and part of that entailed "keeping a blanket of silence over the majority." ...
... Carson then likened the status quo to Germany under Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, teeing up what he later implied was the choice facing voters in the 2014 midterm elections.
"There comes a time when people with values simply have to stand up. Think about Nazi Germany," he said. "Most of those people did not believe in what Hitler was doing. But did they speak up? Did they stand up for what they believe in? They did not, and you saw what happened."

"People with values." What a dick. This is what passes for intelligence among those anti-intellectual bedrock Amurricuns. He's a doctor! A brain surgeon!! So when he says the usual hate-mongering stuff, when he makes the anti-liberal argument ad Hiterium, and when he does it while being black!!, well, by golly, they have themselves a damn trifecta of triumphant trash. They can gobble it up and feel damn good about themselves.

Which they do.

Why is it that so many Republican doctors in public life are such blatant deniers of reality? How did they make it through med school without their heads exploding from the disconnect between their beliefs and the science on which their field is based?

I guess it's not that they're doctors; it's that they freely associate with today's Republican party, membership in which seems to require a previously unknown level of compartmentalization between the world in which they actually live and the one in which they imagine themselves. That he says this outrageous stuff, and that there are those who eat it up like Skittles, says everything one needs to know about why I've become so pessimistic about that party ever becoming useful again.

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